From the Provost — May 1, 2019

Fairchild selected as next dean of the College of Public Health

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share that Amy Lauren Fairchild, PhD, MPH, has accepted my offer to serve as dean of the College of Public Health.  Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, her appointment will be effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024.

Dr.  Fairchild will join Ohio State from the Texas A & M University, where she serves as associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs in the Health Science Center and formerly served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Public Health. She is also a professor in the university’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

Dr. Fairchild’s research and professional service has focused on public health ethics, including issues related to privacy, paternalism, panic and disease control.

She is the author of two books — Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America and Science at the Borders: Immigrant Medical Inspection and the Shaping of the Modern Industrial Labor Force.  In addition, her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Science, the New England Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Since 2011, she has served as co-director of Columbia University’s Collaborating Center for Health Ethics—part of the World Health Organization global bioethics network.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in public health and doctorate in sociomedical sciences (history) from Columbia University.

Please join me in welcoming Amy to our academic community.

Dean William Martin II, who is retiring, has provided superb leadership of the College of Public Health during the past six years. During his tenure, he recruited more than 30 new faculty members, attracted more than $50 million in research funding and played a key role in Ohio State’s response to the opioid crisis. I thank Bill for his leadership and wish him all the best.


Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost